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CIK Talk - Islamic Theology and the Problem of Evil
Islamic Theology and the Problem of Evil

Sunday, September 25th at 12 PM EST (29 Safar)

​Presented by: Dr. Safaruk Chowdhury

Like their Jewish and Christian co-religionists, Muslims have grappled with how God, who is perfectly good, compassionate, merciful, powerful, and wise permits intense and profuse evil and suffering in the world. This virtual CIK Talk will explore various problems of evil: human disability, animal suffering, and Hell amongst others. Each study argues in favour of a particular kind of explanation or justification (theodicy) for the respective evil. Dr. Chowdhury will unpack the notion of evil and its conceptualization within the mainstream Sunni theological tradition and the various ways in which theologians and philosophers within that tradition have advanced different types of theodicies.

Sep 25, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Safaruk Chowdhury
Dr. Safaruk Chowdhury studied Philosophy at Kings College London completing it with the accompanying Associate of Kings College (AKC) award. He then travelled to Cairo to study the traditional Islamic Studies curricula at al-Azhar University. He returned to the UK to complete his MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies with distinction. His doctoral dissertation was on the eminent Sufi hagiographer and theoretician Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (d. 412/1021) published as A Sufi Apologist of Nishapur: The Life and Thought of Abu 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami (Sheffield: Equinox Publishing, 2019). Chowdhury's research interests, in addition to Sufism at the moment, are in paraconsistent logic, metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology with keen interest in how these subjects were articulated and discussed within the Islamic intellectual tradition - especially within kalam theology.